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Criteria for the Evaluation of Scholarly Productivity

The term "scholarly and creative productivity" comprises a variety of activities, including those typically defined as research. Because activities considered to be scholarly and creative productivity vary considerably from discipline to discipline, the University recognizes that scholarly and creative productivity includes all forms of discovery and integration of knowledge, critical analysis, and products and performances.

Definition of Research

A large subset within the area of scholarly and creative productivity is commonly called research. The term "research" has been defined by the University Research Council, and the faculty evaluation system shall continue to recognize the University Research Council's definition of research and modes of documenting research:

A deliberative process which contributes to the expansion of knowledge and understanding, applies such knowledge and understanding to societal issues, or exemplifies creative expression in a specific field of study. The results of research and creative activities are shared with professionals outside the University through a peer-reviewed or juried process in a manner appropriate to the discipline.

The University recognizes both the scholarship of discovery and scholarship of integration. The scholarship of discovery contributes to knowledge and involves the pursuit of knowledge and/or creative expression for its own sake. The scholarship of integration interprets, draws together, and brings new insight to bear on original research or creative expressions.

Evaluation Guidelines and Criteria for Scholarly and Creative Productivity

The evaluation of scholarly and creative productivity requires consideration of a variety of factors and must consider the quality and significance of each contribution. Factors used to evaluate meritorious scholarly and creative productivity include but are not limited to:

  1. Authorship or co-authorship of peer-reviewed published materials such as journal articles, abstracts, monographs, books, book chapters, cases, artistic works, software, or other professional and technical documents
  2. Authorship or co-authorship of published materials such as editorially reviewed books, articles, abstracts, translations, software, cases, artistic works or other professional and technical documents
  3. Production and presentation of radio and television works, films and videos related to the scholarly or creative discipline
  4. Refereeing or editing journal articles, grant proposals, and book manuscripts
  5. Presentations and papers delivered at local, regional, national and international meetings
  6. Performances, exhibitions, and other creative activities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  7. Managing or serving as a consultant for exhibitions and performances
  8. Obtaining competitive external or internal grants related to scholarly and creative productivity
  9. Writing and submitting proposals for competitive grants, internal or external, related to scholarly and creative productivity
  10. Writing and submitting required grant and contract reports
  11. Receiving internal or external awards obtained for scholarly or creative productivity
  12. Providing evidence that scholarly or creative works have been submitted for review
  13. Documenting scholarly or creative works in progress